Flavors of Portugal & Spain

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Delight in the delicious flavors of Portuguese and Spanish cuisine on this 13-day journey from Lisbon to San Sebastián. Enjoy varied regional cuisines and famous wine regions on this culinary tour where we’ll learn to make Portuguese “pastéis de bacalhau”; enjoy Bairrada Leitão, a roast suckling pig; explore the extraordinary world of chocolate and cacao; take in delicious tapas; stop at wineries and learn more about Spanish apple cider! We’ll take in more than just culinary masterpieces as we visit historic cities and see scenic landscapes and coastlines. Along the way, we’ll also explore Belém, Lisbon’s riverside district, discover beautiful Porto, enjoy a scenic train ride along the Douro River, see the awe-inspiring Spanish Gothic architecture of Burgos’ cathedral, and more! Our adventure comes to an end in San Sebastián, home to one of the highest number of Michelin-star restaurants per square foot (including three restaurants with three Michelin stars!), some of the best food markets, and the delicious Basque-style tapas called pintxos!

Itinerary at a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

  • 3 nights in Lisbon (Portugal)
  • 2 nights in Porto
  • 1 night in Douro Valley
  • 1 night in León (Spain)
  • 2 nights in La Rioja
  • 2 nights in San Sebastián

Tour Highlights

  • Lisbon City Tour & Belém Riverside District
  • Pastéis de bacalhau Cooking Class
  • Roast suckling pig lunch at underground wine museum
  • Porto Walking Tour
  • WOW Chocolate Experience
  • Douro River Cruise
  • Scenic Douro Valley Train Ride
  • Tapas in León, Spain
  • Burgos Walking Tour
  • Wine Culture Museum with lunch & wine tasting
  • Bilbao Walking Tour
  • San Sebastián City Tour
  • Apple Cider Experience

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners plus 4 additional tastings
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

Tour Itinerary


Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.

Note: Flights are not available on departures.

You must book your own flights to the tour destination and you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon

Welcome to Portugal! Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive program will enjoy a panoramic tour of Lisbon on the way to our hotel. Tonight, our tour director hosts an orientation meeting and welcome dinner at our hotel.

Accommodations: Lumen Hotel & Lisbon Light Show or Hotel Mundial or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Lisbon

Day 3: Lisbon at Leisure

Day 4: Lisbon – Sangalhos – Porto

Day 5: Porto

Day 6: Porto – Pinhão – Douro Valley

Day 7: Douro – León

Day 8: León – Burgos – La Rioja

Day 9: La Rioja

Day 10: La Rioja – Bilbao – San Sebastián

Day 11: San Sebastián

Day 12: Depart San Sebastián

Guided Tour Pricing

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Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.

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Sep 23–Oct 4
$3,699 $3,329
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours

Enhance your trip with these optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Full Day Sintra Excursion with Lunch & Winery Visit

Pintxos in Bilbao

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 20 travelers

Activity Level: Level 2

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

New in 2025: ETIAS Visa Waiver Required for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Effective for travel in 2025, U.S. passport holders are required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.


Sheilah P

6 months ago
My trip with Smartours to Portugal and Spain was phenomenal! I enjoyed everything from flight to bus tours, awesome hotel accommodations, city tours, wineries & orchards, shopping (prices were very reasonable), took some public transportation, amazing restaurants, experiencing the culture, sightseeing cities & villages with amazing architecture, and I appreciate our amazing English speaking tour guide, José!

Joseph C

6 months ago
Excellent tour. Sintra excursion cancelled. Still awaiting word on refund from Smartours

Gloria F

6 months ago
Loved this tour, especially the size of the group, only 17 people. Because of this, everyone was off and on the bus quickly and we rarely had to wait for people. The majority of the hotels were good and the places we visited were interesting. We visited 3 wineries and an apple cider place. The best was the chocolate factory in Porto and Sintra.

Lawrence K

8 months ago
This was a great trip and lots of included wonderful meals in wineries. The only negative was our connection in Madrid was very poor as the entire group missed the connection and had to wait 7 hours for the next flight to Lisbon. They should use TAP from New York to provide a nonstop flight to Lisbon even if they have to charge more. The group of 18 bonded well as everyone was extremely nice and friendly.

Monserrat H

1 year ago
I enjoyed this tour very much. It wasn’t very strenuous walking around and there ample time to explore the areas independently. The overnight stop in Oviedo seemed unnecessary since we didn’t see the city but left immediately for Burgos and added hours driving in the bus. It didn't’ seem logical to go North then drive back South immediately. Oviedo is a beautiful city and would have loved to spend time exploring the sights. The local pintxos in Leon were too exotic for many of the passengers but the wine and beer were good. The second Tapas bar served great food. I joined the optional tour in Bilbao and enjoyed that a lot. It would have been nice to explore a museum there other than just a walking tour of the city. San Sebastián was a beautiful place and glad we stayed two days to take it in.
The local tour guides need to understand that the group is composed of senior people and they need to match our pace rather their own pace. We’ve had to ask the guides to be more considerate. The whispers didn’t work too well and we couldn’t hear them too well.

Ed R

1 year ago
Overall the tour was great, the tour group all got along and we were all very social. Most of the selections were well thought out but there was one day we spent a lot of time on the bus. If Oviedo was eliminated and an extra day added in San Sebastian that might alleviate this issue.